Purge of 'Crazy Libs' by Bush Civil Rights Boss Broke Law

'Commies' pushed out for 'real Americans'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2009 3:44 AM CST
Bradley Schlozman, who ran the civil rights division of the Justice Department from 2003-2006, testifies on Capitol Hill in 2007.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – A Bush appointee who headed the Justice Department's civil rights division blatantly violated federal anti-bias laws in his hiring policies and then lied about it to Congress, according to government authorities. An internal report quotes emails from Bradley Schlozman, who ran the department from 2003 to 2006, in which he vows to replace the "commies" and "mold spores" in his section with "right-thinking Americans," reports the Los Angeles Times.

"My tentative plans are to gerrymander all of those crazy libs right out of the section," Schlozman wrote in a 2003 email. Federal law prohibits hiring based on political affiliations, but the report found that 63 out of 65 attorneys hired under Schlozman had Republican or conservative credentials. The report also concludes that Schlozman gave false testimony to Congress on his hiring policies. The US Attorney's Office in Washington decided not to prosecute Schlozman.